Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Paul Runge
Paul Runge was, for the most part, a career minor-leaguer who was just good enough to be picked up by various clubs to fill spot duty before being sent on to the next task. He was a sort of wandering, hockey-player-for-hire type.

During his 15-year pro career, he played for 15 different teams from coast to coast. His first NHL action came with the Boston Bruins between 1930 and 1932. During that time, Runge settled into a pattern of appearing in a handful of big-league games as a second and third stringer while spending the bulk of his time in the minors.

In 1932-33, however, Runge broke out of his mold as a journeyman to lead the Can-Am league in points scored while with the Philadelphia Arrows. And, like a modern player, he then held out for more money to start the next season. But such insurgent behaviour was never tolerated in his day. He was promptly suspended and run out of town on his blades.

Runge then hooked up with the Montreal Maroons for a few games before being lent to the Windsor Bulldogs and the Quebec Beavers where he spent most of the 1933-34 season. His rights were then acquired by the Montreal Canadiens who kept him around for 15 games before eventually trading him to the Boston Bruins. By that time, Runge was getting a little more NHL respect. He appeared in 35 Bruins games before returning to Montreal where he skated for the Maroons and Canadiens off and on over the two seasons that followed.

Although not known as a scorer, he did manage to net 27 points in his final 73 NHL contests. Runge left the NHL for good in 1938. He jumped to the minors again, playing out his career with the Cleveland Barons, Buffalo Bisons, Minneapolis Millers, and the Dallas Texans where he retired in 1942.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1927-28 Edmonton Superiors EJrHL
1928-29 Portland Buckaroos PCHL 6 1 0 1 0
1928-29 Victoria Cubs PCHL 26 3 0 3 0
1929-30 Victoria Cubs PCHL 36 5 5 10 35
1930-31 Boston Bruins NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1930-31 Boston Cubs Can-Am 39 9 11 20 35 9 7 2 9 17
1931-32 Boston Bruins NHL 14 0 1 1 8
1931-32 Boston Cubs Can-Am 29 11 11 22 29
1932-33 Philadelphia Arrows Can-Am 44 21 27 48 38 5 2 1 3 2
1933-34 Montreal Maroons NHL 4 0 0 0 0
1933-34 Windsor Bulldogs IHL 25 7 12 19 10
1933-34 Quebec Castors Can-Am 8 1 3 4 2
1934-35 Montreal Canadiens NHL 3 0 0 0 2
1934-35 Quebec Castors Can-Am 48 25 33 58 28 3 0 1 1 0
1935-36 Montreal Canadiens NHL 12 0 2 2 4
1935-36 Boston Bruins NHL 33 8 2 10 14 2 0 0 0 2
1936-37 Montreal Canadiens NHL 4 1 0 1 2
1936-37 Montreal Maroons NHL 30 4 10 14 6 5 0 0 0 4
1936-37 New Haven Eagles IAHL 8 1 3 4 5
1937-38 Montreal Maroons NHL 39 5 7 12 21
1938-39 Cleveland Barons IAHL 54 7 28 35 26 8 1 4 5 4
1939-40 Cleveland Barons IAHL 48 7 15 22 7
1940-41 Buffalo Bisons AHL 20 3 6 9 9
1940-41 Minneapolis Millers AHA 29 12 14 26 4 3 0 2 2 0
1941-42 Dallas Texans AHA 46 16 41 57 29
1942-43
1943-44 Edmonton Vics ESrHL
1943-44 Edmonton Vics Al-Cup 3 0 2 2 0
NHL Totals 140 18 22 40 57 7 0 0 0 6


Traded to Victoria (PCHL) by Portland (PCHL) for Dave Downie, December 21, 1928. Signed as a free agent by Boston, November 5, 1930. Traded to Philadelphia (Can-Am) by Boston for cash, September, 1932. Traded to Mtl. Maroons by Philadelphia (Can-Am) for cash, November 25, 1933. Traded to Montreal (Quebec-Can-Am) by Mtl. Maroons for Stan McCabe, December 6, 1933. Traded to Boston by Montreal for cash, December 24, 1935. Traded to Montreal by Boston for cash, April, 1936. Traded to Mtl. Maroons by Montreal for Bill MacKenzie, December 3, 1936. Traded to Cleveland (IAHL) by Mtl. Maroons for cash, October 3, 1938. Loaned to Minneapolis (AHA) by Buffalo (AHL) with cash for Bob Blake, December 27, 1940.
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